TACOMA, WASH. — More than 1,200 graduates and 9,000 family members, friends, faculty and other observers are expected to attend the 26th University of Washington Tacoma commencement ceremonies June 10 at the Tacoma Dome, the largest such event ever held by UW Tacoma.
UW President Ana Mari Cauce and UW Tacoma Chancellor Mark A. Pagano will preside as more than 1,800 degrees are conferred—a record number—including 31 of the campus’s first doctoral degrees.
The Hon. Frank E. Cuthbertson will be the featured speaker. Currently serving as Pierce County Superior Court Presiding Judge, he has had a distinguished career as a community organizer, civil rights advocate, legal counsel and judge. When appointed to the bench in 2001, he was the first African American to serve on the Superior Court and his subsequent re-election marked the first time an African American had won a county-wide ballot.
Thirty-one graduates will receive the Doctor of Educational Leadership degree, the first doctoral-level degree to be conferred by UW Tacoma. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the authorization for the five newest campuses of UW and WSU to offer doctoral degrees in 2011, and classes started at UW Tacoma in 2013.
Doors will open at the Tacoma Dome at 8 a.m. The ceremony is scheduled for 2.5 hours.
The ceremony will be streamed by video online starting at 8:45 a.m. The streaming video will be available for approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the live ceremony. The stream is available at livestream.com/uwtacoma.
Degrees are awarded to those who have completed academic requirements some time during the 2015-16 academic year.
Members of the UW Board of Regents, deans, directors and other representatives of UW Tacoma’s seven academic schools and programs will participate in the ceremony. Many academic units also have separate graduation events and hooding ceremonies.Print This Post